The Seattle Mariners had two close games against the Oakland A’s at Safeco Field on Friday and Saturday night however Sunday afternoon they decided to make the sweep no question at all.
It started out with Robinson Cano hitting a two run homer in the first inning to take the early lead. It was his second home run in two days after going over a month without one. We hope that Cruz can go on another streak as well along with Seager who has a mediocre season outside of hitting over thirty doubles. He has struck out in horrible fashion and his defense has been suspect at time. We hope that he can finish off in good fashion.
Andrew Albers made his fourth start for the Mariners and he did a great job pitching a no-hitter going into the sixth inning. The no-hitter not only ended but he gave up a home run to first baseman Matt Olson as well. At that point the score became 3-1 however the Mariners scored a run in the sixth and seventh inning however blew it open in the eighth scoring five runs.
Cooch Ruiz who was catching in place of hot hitting Mike Zunino had a great game hitting a home run and a double. Gordon Beckham pinched run for Ruiz in the eighth and scored. Also he was able to bat in the eighth inning too. Mike Marjama went in to catch in the top of the ninth inning in place of Ruiz. It allowed him to make his Mariner debut after being called up Friday from Tacoma.
Cano not only had the home run in the first inning he had a total of four hits in the game and scored two runs. Also Jean Segura had three hits and scoring three times. That’s good for the leadoff batter. Mitch Haniger continued his hot hitting getting a double along with a home run driving in four runs and four hits. Ben Gamel was the only one in the starting lineup that didn’t get a hit. He left six runners on base so he had his opportunities fortunately the Mariners won easily anyway.
The Mariners now take on the Houston Astros at Safeco Field beginning with a late afternoon game on Monday. The series will go for three days. It would be nice to get a sweep here however I will be glad to start off with a win in the first game. Erasmo Ramirez who has been pitching well for the Mariners will start Monday’s game against the Astros. He has been pitching well of late for the Mariners. The Astros though will go with Dallas Keuchel who has been having an outstanding season with a record of 11-3 with an era of 2.91. He did give up six runs in six innings against the Texas Rangers last Wednesday so there is hope for the Mariners. Tuesday Justin Verlander will make his debut with the Astros so they will be making it tough on the Mariners for sure. Go M’s.